Thursday, August 2, 2012


Suggested Reading: Mark 10

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The Jordan River is 251 kilometres (156 miles) long and flows from the Galilee south to the Dead Sea. Currently, the river serves as the eastern border of Israel.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.


Key Verse: Mark 10:27

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

God has established humanly impossible standards. Why? Because He desires that we will learn that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). We can’t reach those standards on our own. “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Jesus is the perfect manifestation of the Glory of God (please read John 1:14). In His response to the rich young ruler, Jesus establishes God’s standard. Our possessions must never become more important than our obedience. This young person found it impossible to surrender his wealth for the sake of Jesus. Notice two insights into this story: (1) Jesus loved this man. (2) The youth was truly sorry that he found it impossible to obey Jesus. Perhaps after Jesus’ death, resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower people, and the establishment of the Church, this man was among those who gave away their possessions for the sake of Christ (Acts 2:45). We don’t know, but remember, “with God all things are possible!”


Dear Lord Jesus, I can’t follow You on my own. Therefore, I’m asking for special grace every day. With Your presence and power, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Amen!


This past Monday my great-grandson, Myles Neilson, who is four years old, announced to me that he would never kill an animal. I said, “What if a lion was about to eat you and you had a gun…would you shoot the lion?” He thought about it and said, “No. I would raise my hands and say ‘stop’ and God would tell him to stop!” He paused again and then said, “Well, maybe lions don’t listen to God very well.” This gave me the opportunity to tell him the story of Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6). In verses 13 to 16 of today’s reading, Jesus gives a profound truth about children. I have learned much from children. Once, I’m sure I heard God’s still small voice speak to me saying, “David, you’ve become far too sophisticated. Be childlike as you once were, and you’ll see many more of my mighty works than you do now.”

Yours from a childlike heart,


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11 thoughts on “Thursday, August 2, 2012

  1. Thank you David for your special daily blog a wonderful way to reading and meditating on the Bible verses. You relate each experience to today’s living.
    So appreciated what you are doing and God Bless

  2. In this busy high-tech world we live in, there is much out there competing for our affections. Advertisers know this, as we are bombarded daily with eye-catching adds aimed at getting our attention. There’s nothing wrong with this in and of itself, unless these allurements cause us to turn our eyes away from our ‘first love’. Jesus wants our attention, not just on Sunday mornings but in the moments that make up our lives; He wants to be in ‘relationship’ with us, to be a part of us and our core values. In Mark chapter 10, Jesus loved the young man but knew the allurement of this world was far too great for him, as a result the young man made his choice and I’m sure Jesus was saddened. What choices will we make today? Will Jesus be ‘in’ those choices? Lord, in our daily moments, give us the wisdom to choose wisely with our focus always firmly fixed upon You, our light and our life. Amen.

  3. The story about your grandson and the Lion that may not listen, was priceless! How we can benefit, to see the world as a child, without all the adult interference shaping the simplest of things we perceive. Once again, your message tells of hope and possibility for those who struggle. A serene picture today by Reynold, as well!

  4. Hello David,

    My name is Kalista Clement and I am one of the tour guides at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kingston. I am so happy that I met you yesterday and that I have subscribed to your blog.



  5. David your blog is so encouraging! It is truly a wonderful Blessing! Also Reynold’s photography is very Beautiful! I look forward to your 100 words every day. I don’t usually get to it until later in the day, often in the evenings. My days have been rather hectic and stressful lately. In the mornings I get help from “Our Daily Bread”. My husband and I also love to watch 100 Huntley Str. We watch most mornings however presently we are unable to as our rabbit ears are in need of repair. I’m looking forward to being able to watch again.
    We pray that God will continue to Bless you!!!
    We really do appreciate you and your family’s ministry very much!!


  6. David…. Our God is Awesome …. you made me ( ^_^ ) smile Today…
    like little children we come… To Trust and Obey …Thank you so much for your heart as you share with us …..

    God Bless you
    as always as we journey the road ahead of us…..Heading Home Safe and Sound……

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